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By Spencers Solicitors

  Steven Barke    
  February 28, 2022

Chesterfield’s Industrial Heritage & Accident At Work Claims

Chesterfield has a strong industrial past, based around rich coal reserves, a diverse range of manufacturing industries and a long and established connection with heavy industries. This is a major part of the town’s history, and the resurgent ‘Golden age’ of industrial development, with huge businesses becoming significant employers in the town in the 1980s and 1990s, has been replaced in recent years by smaller employers in lighter industries and scattered through the town on new trading estates.

Chesterfield’s Industrial Heritage & Accident At Work Claims

Historically, our personal injury team at Spencers Solicitors have forged close links with the thousands of local people employed in the industrial sector, successfully representing many workers who were seeking compensation for accident at work claims. And these skills have now been transferred to helping people experiencing accidents in the modern, lighter industries that now exist.

Pursing accident at work claims for the Chesterfield working community

Spencers Solicitors are very proud of these close links to the working community, as we have strong beliefs that everybody should have access to justice. One of the most frequent legal requirements in the industrial sector is pursuing claims for personal injury and accidents at work.

Our policy at Spencers has always been to play a central role among our community, and hence we have become established as a vital resource and a reliable contact when seeking legal advice and representation.

Some of our past associations with industrial Chesterfield

Some of the proud industrial businesses our personal injury team have had close ties with in the past include:

  • Chesterfield Cylinders – manufacturers of gas cylinders and based on Derby Road in Chesterfield, very close to the current Spencers Solicitors offices.
  • Bryan Donkins – an engineering firm formed in Bermondsey, London in 1803 but moved to Chesterfield in 1902. In 1997 the company was split into four divisions which have since been either renamed, bought out or dissolved.
  • Sterling Tubes – operated on the same site as Bryan Donkins, which was demolished in the early 2000s and is now a B&Q, some of the railway lines used on the site can still be seen.
  • Biwater Pipes – The Clay Cross Company was founded by the famous railway pioneer George Stephenson in 1837, and became the biggest employer in Clay Cross. Biwater bought the business in 1984 and manufactured iron pipes for export to Europe. It employed 700 people in Clay Cross when in 1998 it was sold to Saint-Gobain through its UK subsidiary Stanton plc, who then closed the site within six months.
  • Dema Glass - were one of the biggest glassware suppliers in the country by the mid-1980s but were taken over by Coloroll in 1987. Neighbouring business GB Glass bought Coloroll just two years later and despite glassware manufacturing still continuing on huge sites where Chesterfield FC have their new ground, the business went into receivership in 2000 and the factory closed in 2001.
  • Stanton and Staveley Pipes - has origins dating back to 1788 and eventually became part of the British Steel Corporation, but the foundry at Clay Cross was another business bought out by Saint-Gobain, this time in the early 2000s.
  • Markham and Co - was an ironworks and steel works company situated near to the town centre on Markham Road, and which merged with a Sheffield business to become Davy Markham and the Chesterfield works closed in 1998.
  • Robinsons Packaging - active in Chesterfield since 1839 the packaging business is still headquartered in Chesterfield.

Contact Spencers Solicitors for accident at work claims in Chesterfield

We believe that our experience in dealing with accident at work claims is still valuable today and these trusted skills are transferrable to modern cases of industrial accidents. Even though many of the businesses we have past associations with have either downsized, changed their name or gone out of business altogether, we are proud of our long association and close links to the local Chesterfield community now working in light industry, so you can rely on Spencers Solicitors as your go-to resource for pursuing an accident at work claim.

Steve Barke

About the author

Steve is a solicitor who qualified in 1998 and has over 30 years experience in representing clients throughout the UK who have suffered catastrophic, complex serious injuries including amputations; whole body burns, and long term disabling psychological conditions as a result of serious workplace and road traffic accidents, in particular, catastrophic injuries in the steelworks and factories of South Wales; Kent and the Midlands.

In addition he has been an advocate at inquests representing families of loved ones who have died as a result of accidents. Steve goes that extra mile for clients exhibiting excellent client care.


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